Aurigny has confirmed it has received a new licence to resume flights direct from Guernsey to Dublin, with the first flight set to resume on 17 May.
Flights were re-routed via Belfast because of a post-Brexit Air Services licensing issue that impacted Channel Islands operators, after Aurigny had been granted a licence to run the route from Guernsey to Dublin in 2021.
A temporary permit ran out on the 10 April, and Deputy Peter Roffey had suggested last week that Aurigny may need to suspend the route altogether if a “temporary or permanent solution” could not be delivered quickly.
All customers who booked onto the service were promised no changes to flights within five days of departure. As such, services scheduled on the 12 and 14 of May will continue to operate via Belfast as those customers have already been informed of that change.
Malcolm Coupar, Commercial Director of Aurigny, expressed delight that Ireland has granted a new Air Permit to allow for flights across the summer.
Pictured: Aurigny announced the launch of a Dublin air route in summer 2021.
“The route has been extremely popular both locally and in Ireland and demand for the service has been high since our initial launch. I would like to thank the Guernsey States, and Irish and British authorities for all their work to achieve this solution,” said Mr Coupar.
“We would like to thank our customers for their patience and apologise to any of our customers who have been inconvenienced by the temporary change in destination. It really looks like the luck of the Irish has finally come good and we are delighted we will now be back operating directly into Dublin from 17 May.
“I know many locals have breaks planned to the city and we also look forward to welcoming our Irish friends to the island. There are strong links between Dublin and Guernsey, and it makes such a difference when people can travel between the destinations in one short flight."
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